An American-Made BUDD-e In Volkswagen's Future? The BUDD-E Concept Is The First Example Of VW's New MEB Architecture To Underpin 250+ Mile Cars From 2019
Volkswagen's modular architecture Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB - recently shown in the BUDD-e Concept) is set to cover wide spectrum of car models.
The German manufacturer originally thought about electrifiying just the compact and light commercial vehicles (from Polo to Passat).
But according to the Automotive News, Volkswagen is now considering whether it will be possible to extend MEB beyond the Passat, to be used on the new Phaeton.
If the answer will be no, VW will develop a second modular architecture for larger cars - which sounds like a better idea to us.
Volkmar Tanneberger, VW brand head of electronics development said:
"We're examining right now whether it can go all the way to a C-segment between Passat and Phaeton. It could be in the end that we have more than one electric-car architecture in the group -- that there is a second alongside the MEB."
The MEB (scheduled for 2019) and possible second platform will be available for all of the VW Group brands.
The all-electric range of the MEB-based cars is to be 155-310 miles/250 km-500km (BUDD-e concept was equipped 101 kWh battery).
Of note: The Porsche Mission E and Audi e-tron quattro SUV are confirmed to not be based on the MEB already.
source: Automotive News